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Within its transitional justice and reconciliation strategy, and with generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Uganda Fund is implementing a three-year project aimed at providing redress to victims of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) through training and sustainable livelihood opportunities in post-conflict greater northern. Cognizant that all civilians experienced varying degrees of SGBV, women and girls bore the greatest brunt especially those who were abducted and forced to serve as sex slaves, fighters, mothers, domestic servitudes and wives to top rebel commanders inside the LRA and non-state actors in greater northern Uganda. As the war was heavily gendered, post conflict recovery, reintegration and transitional justice initiatives needed to be gendered in order for sustainable peace and justice to be achieved. One such way of achieving gender justice is by ensuring that exclusive initiatives are designed for specific survivors of conflict-related SGBV crimes. This livelihood project is being implemented in a consortium of twelve (12) partners with interlocking roles geared at supporting coordinated and holistic actions in addressing Conflict Related Sexual Violence in Northern Uganda. Through this project, it is envisioned that the beneficiaries would receive holistic support in terms of psychosocial, legal, medical, and livelihood interventions. At the onset of the project, the Uganda Fund provided grants worth USD 120,000 to six (06) local organizations that were selected through a rigorous RFP process to conduct livelihood projects in the Teso, Acholi, West Nile and Lango sub-regions. These projects commenced in January 2015 and concluded in December 2015. This first phase of the project has directly touched the lives of 1090 survivors of wartime SGBV through; supporting identification and implementation of income generation activities, vocational, entrepreneurial and livelihoods skills training,mentorship and capacity building of SGBV survivors and disbursement of seed money as revolving grants to women groups.

Below is a summary of the achievements registered during the first year of the project:

Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) implemented a one year project worth USD 19,921 with support from Uganda Fund. The project was implemented in Dzaipi and Arinyapi sub-counties of Adjumani District. The project aimed at improving income and self-employment opportunities by engaging the beneficiaries in profitable and sustainable enterprises after accessing quality and relevant skills and start-up capital and kit. One hundred (100) beneficiaries (71F & 29M) in four (04) groups of Amoriku and Nyarima in Dzaipi Sub County; Aziru and Keca-Amanira in Arinyapi Sub County benefitted from the project. This intervention resulted into more than 70% of the beneficiaries demonstrating and practicing the skills learned and actively engaged in animal production and Voluntary Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA). More than half of the beneficiaries are keeping and managing their goats well and constructed good houses for their animals; 40% of the goats are expecting, 26 off springs have been produced and 1 pig is expecting. In addition, all the groups started VSLAs and the members are effectively involved in loan activities to support their enterprises with seed money and credit. Mrs. Auma Andunata, a 51 year old and a care taker of 11 orphans is a very active member of Aziru group. She is one of the frequent borrowers of loan which she uses to buy onions and tomatoes to sell. The returns are used to repay the loans and part of the money to cater for school fees, health and house feeding. Her own cumulative saving is over 202,000UGX.

 

In total, the 04 groups now have cumulative capital of 17M from members’ savings and additional 2M was provided by the project to boost the VSLA of the groups with each receiving UGX. 500,000. This increased the total capital of the groups to about 19M. Mrs. Apolonia Azo, a 52 year old survivor of SGBV from Arinyapi Sub County could not hide her excitement with the VSLA:

 

“…… CEFORD has truly been my savior, I had not been practicing VSLA because of my negativity towards it but CEFORD encouraged, motivated and made it a must for all the members to do saving. So I started saving and my current savings is 186,500UGX which I never imagined I could have……… I decided to borrow 100,000UGX from the group and purchased two piglets to supplement my goat enterprise. I now see my sources of income improving from both pigs and goats. I believe 2 years from now I will have at least 24 pigs and 10 goats”.

Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA) with a grant worth USD 20,000 from Uganda Fund implemented a one year livelihood and economic enhancement project for sexual and gender based violence survivors in Amuria District. The organization supported 300 beneficiaries through entrepreneurial and livelihood trainings to equip and empower them with the ability to initiate, develop and manage income generating activities in the Sub Counties of Asamuk, Orungo and Kuju. The groups were supported with livestock and provided inputs for kitchen gardening. The 206 goats distributed at the start of the project has multiplied to 253 and more 52 are expecting. Additionally, out of the 51 sheep given to beneficiaries, 17 have produced. This is a clear indication that income in terms of animal stock has continued to increase in the households of the beneficiaries. The VSLA seed money worth 15,000,000UGX that the 15 groups received have yielded results. Groups also accrued other income inform of sale of pass books 590,000UGX, membership 926,000UGX, Fines 171,600UGX, Emergency fund 2,088,500UGX and savings of 17,674,500UGX. One of the beneficiaries Apilla Janet Mary is very happy that she received this support from ADDA:

“….the VSLA scheme has been a blessing to me, I am able to save with the group and I also got a loan which i used for opening large piece of land where i cultivated beans and harvested 05 bags, millet 03 bags. I used my savings and proceeds from farming to buy two oxen and an ox-plough which has increased my capacity to open larger chunks of land for cultivation……..I now have a bright future because I am able to send my children to school, meet our basic needs and no body now laughs or mocks my family. I have received honor and respect from the family members”.

 

Read the full article here: http://ugandafund.org/images/sgbv_project_progress_update.doc

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